Children & Families
Early intervention can enhance the overall well-being and development of children who have or are “at risk” for developmental disabilities. Children should live in a family home, grow up enjoying nurturing adult relationships both inside and outside a family home, learn in their neighborhood school in a regular classroom that contains children of the same age without disabilities, participate in the same activities as children without disabilities, and play and participate with all children in community recreation.
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Exceptional Lives makes free online Guides that help parents navigate the complicated processes they face in caring for family members with disabilities. Guide topics include special education/IEPs, health insurance, guardianship, SSI and more. The Guides are written in plain language, focused on actionable steps, based exclusively on content from expert sources, and tailored to each family.
The mission of the AAPD Interfaith Initiative is to support people with disabilities and their families as they seek spiritual and religious access, and to bring the powerful and prophetic voice of the faith community to the 21st Century disability agenda.
National Jewish Council for the Disabled
An offshoot of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the NJCD is dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities within the Jewish community. Deals with all types of disabilities.
National Catholic Partnership on Disability
The disability voice of the U.S. Catholic bishops.
Joni and Friends Greater Boston
Vision New England has a “Disability Ministries” outreach program
The President’s budget has distressing news for children and adults with disabilities. It would further reduce Medicaid, adding to the hit from the proposed health care bills. The President’s budget also expands school choice (or portability of education funds) with a $250 million school voucher program. Over time, one-third of existing federal aid for education will transfer to such a fund. This means public schools will lose money to charter and other private schools, impacting special education resources. As a parent of a school age child with a disability, you may consider such a choice. The Arc of the US put together some questions to consider and it will assist you to make a thoughtful decision.